Local History the winner of latest Civic Pride funding

Release Date: 17/01/2017

The rich and diverse cultural heritage of the borough is the winner of the latest raft of Richmond Council’s Civic Pride awards.

The Museum of Richmond received £5,000 to help set up a temporary exhibition which looks at the history of Old Palace Lane in Richmond. The road dates back to medieval times and is viewed as a history of Richmond in microcosm. ‘The Old Palace Lane Project’ involves carrying out research on the physical elements of the lane and researching the people who have lived there over the centuries.

The project will unearth details of how Richmond’s industries and infrastructure have changed over the centuries. The end result will be an exhibition that will help residents and tourists learn more about the road and how Richmond has developed over the years. The Lane itself will contain information points to enrich a visit to the location and this will be complemented by an app for smartphones.

The London Wildlife Trust also received funding to the tune of £4,135 to create the exhibition ‘Exploding History’. The exhibition captures the fascinating social history and operation of the borough’s Gunpowder mills which operated during the First World War in Crane Park. The exhibition will run at venues across the borough until it is permanently installed at the Shot Tower, Crane Park.

A series of walks and talks will accompany the exhibition which will also aim to increase volunteer numbers at the monthly volunteering sessions in Crane Park.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Planning and the Voluntary Sector, Cllr Susan Chappell, said:

“We are lucky to live in a borough which is not only the most beautiful in London but has the most intriguing history too. These two projects will help bring local history to life and help tell the story of our fascinating borough.

“The Civic Pride Fund is about awarding community groups which go the extra mile to give something back to our local community. I can’t think of two more deserving groups than The London Wildlife Trust or the Museum of Richmond and I wish both organisations all the very best for the future.”

James Scott, Curator at the Museum of Richmond, added:

“Here at the Museum, we are thrilled to receive the award. It will make this fascinating local history project truly memorable.”

The Council’s Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations and £1,000 for individuals.

For more information visit Civic Pride Award, call 020 8487 5259 or email Harriet Steele at harriet.steele@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 17 January 2017